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Marsai Martin Shopping Unscripted Series About Trailblazing Black Women (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter

by: Mikey O'Connell
Actress and producer Marsai Martin is prepping a new TV project, currently developing an unscripted series focused on the stories of trailblazing Black women with ITV America’s Sirens Media.

The project, tentatively titled Baddies, is currently being shopped to buyers — with  Martin’s Genius Entertainment banner developing and producing. “Black women have always contributed to American culture,” said Martin. “They’ve just never gotten the recognition. This show is a fun way of letting people know how dope we are.”

Should it move forward, Baddies will be the first series from the young producer. Martin, best known for her role on ABC’s Black-ish, famously became the youngest person ever to executive produce a major studio feature with her 2019 film Little. Now 16, this new project aims to blend her curiosity and affinity for pop culture while highlighting previously unsung Black women from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics and innovation.

“Our team continues to be blown away by Marsai on multiple levels,” said Sirens president Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh. “She’s a creative force of nature and an important voice in our culture, and aside from her obvious talents on camera, is a very deft and thoughtful executive behind the scenes. We’re proud to partner with her and Genius on this series that will shed light on vital stories in imaginative and unexpected fashion.”

Baddies (working title) will be executive produced by Martin, Joshua and Carol Martin, Nicole Dow and Prince Baggett for Genius Entertainment, while Sebastian-Dayeh will executive produce for Sirens Media. Martin is repped by WME, Morris, Yorn and Barnes and Oronde Garrett.